Knoxville woman charged with husband’s murder


KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knoxville woman charged in the shooting death of her husband on Saturday, told investigators she was upset that he was trying to text someone else, according to the arrest warrant.

Tammy Lynn Talford, 56, is charged with the second degree murder of 56-year-old Lawrence “Leon” Talford. She is being held on a $100,000 bond.

According to Knoxville police, officers responded to 2715 White Oak Lane around 8 a.m. to a call of a shooting with a victim.

Source: Knox County Sheriff’s Office

Officers led Talford to a police cruiser and took her to police headquarters. She was charged with one count of second degree murder after investigators collected evidence at the house and interviewed her.

At first, Tammy Lynn Talford told officers that she and her husband were passing a gun back and forth and he cocked the hammer and the weapon went off. Later, she admitted that she was in an argument with her husband about a text he was trying to send. That’s when, according to officers, she removed a .38 caliber revolver from a nightstand drawer and shot her husband.

Police said Lawrence “Leon” Talford died at the hospital within an hour of being shot.

Bond was set for $100,000 for Tammy Lynn Talford. She was released on bond.

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